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, the president of the united states will accept his party's presidential nomination at the conclusion of the dnc. >> choosing charlotte to host our convention was no accident. north carolina is a critical battle ground state in the election. >> reporter: the dnc chairman says this convention is anything but conventional. >> we're doing things differently than any convention you've ever seen. we're throwing the doors open and inviting thousands of americans to be part of this convention in many different ways. >> reporter: the dnc is known for its firsts. in 1832, the first dnc was held in a baltimore saloon. a hundred years later, franklin delano roosevelt was the first major party candidate to accept the nomination in person. in 1940, fdr's wife eleanor was the first woman to address a national political convention. in 1984, geraldine ferraro was the first woman placed on the national ticket by a major party. in 2000, the first jewish candidate. and this year, the first hispanic to deliver the keynote address at the dnc. preparations for the four-day convention have been under way for months. t
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